Cherished pet rescued after 15 hours down ‘very deep’ manhole

2013-03-13 00:00

HAVING gone missing for more than 15 hours, leaving his owner in a panic, Rambo was found trapped in an uncovered manhole on Thursday.

But thanks to employees of a local company, there was a happy ending to the dog’s ordeal.

His owner, Melissa Claassen, was frantic at the thought of what would have happened to her pet of four years if he had not been spotted in the hole.

She told The Witness the five-year-old boerboel had vanished without a trace on Wednesday.

“We started a frantic search having realised that it was getting late and Rambo was nowhere to be seen,” she said.

“Everyone in the family went on a search for him.

“I can’t explain how happy I was when we were notified that he was spotted in the manhole.

“I cried tears of joy. I believe that he was on his way home when he fell into the manhole.”

SPCA spokesperson Maureen Vida said on Thursday that employees of Powerstar trolley and truck manufacturers called to report that a dog had been found trapped in an uncovered manhole just outside the company’s fence at the corner of CB Downes and Gladys Manzi roads.

One of the employees, Yuill Axelson, had been inspecting the fence when he heard a dog whining in the manhole.

SPCA Inspector Robyn Milne was assigned the task of rescuing Rambo.

When she arrived at the scene, she said, she found the dog at the bottom of the “very deep” manhole.

After arranging water for the dog, she returned to the SPCA for rope and extra manpower.

With the help of bystanders and three more SPCA staff, Milne was lowered into the manhole. She tied a rope around the midriff of the friendly but scared male boerboel and he was hoisted to the surface.

A visitor to the city was injured when he fell into an open manhole in Greyling Street at the beginning of March.

The hole was covered only several days after the accident.

Municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said the municipality prioritised the covering of manholes within 48 hours after they have been reported.

“We do not have people who walk around looking for manholes.

“We rely on the public to report them to us. People can report to the call centre at 0800 00 1868,” said Zuma.

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